I didn't notice how short this book was until after I downloaded it. That was irritating but the real annoyance was that the storyline was just beginning when it suddenly stopped. It's obviously written for a young audience (Anime type crowd) but the story is interesting enough. This book should be re-released when the remaining two thirds of it are completed.
The story was interesting but the logic of the order/disorder was difficult to resolve.
The narration had a couple of problems. One was that the original recording speed was way too slow and even at double speed it was still a bit slow. Going to triple speed was slightly too fast but acceptable. The other problem was that the sound effects were poor, but I got used to them over time.
As others have noted the continual first person, storytelling style, is very annoying. The performance is okay, but not special, since several of the "voices" sound very similar. Since the story is told primarily in first person, and each chapter identifies whose perspective is being voiced, it is not difficult to follow.
It's a good story and I might give a sequel a try.
As usual the battle scenes left a lot to be desired but it was a good wrap up to the trilogy . It left lots of things to be looked into in future books. I enjoyed it
I listened to less than two hours of this and couldn't take any more of a day in the life of Auri. Perhaps it turns into a story later, but I got very tired of giving it the benefit of the doubt. Auri is a cute character in the main storyline. But so far, she's the only character in this story and being alone in her mind for more than 15 minutes was way too much. I wasn't sure how to rate the narrator: 3 or 4. Listening to the same irritating mind voice became part of the annoyance to the point I decided to escape the book.
It was still an interesting book but the first was better. I still want to read the next one.
It was an interesting premiss but the characters were annoying, broken, or nasty. Why would I want to be around them any longer than necessary. I kept waiting for the characters or the story to improve, but they didn't.
The sound effects were distracting. For example: having a bell ring, and then the narrator says "a bell rang", just seems dumb.
I've listened to the first three and they've all had the same pluses and minuses. Addictive storyline. obnoxious writing style. I'd like to delete the continual stupid commentary, and combine the series into a single book. That gives you an idea of how much stupid commentary you have to endure.
Yes and no. I've listened to the first three and they've all had the same pluses and minuses. Addictive storyline. obnoxious writing style. I'd like to delete the continual stupid commentary, and combine the series into a single book. That gives you an idea of how much stupid commentary you have to endure.
Only if they like this author enough to hope the next one is better. Which is what I'm doing. I am hoping he dials the incessant self commentary way back in the sequel.
I've read several of his books and this is the first one I almost didn't finish.
It's difficult to give a fair review of this book since the narration was so irritating that I almost gave up listening to the book. Then the book ends, just as the storyline begins to develop. The only reason to recommend this book to a friend would be based on the author's past performance and hope that sequels will build on the weak start.
The metaphysics and the characters both have potential, but the book was too short to really get hooked. I suspect the editor tried to make a trilogy out of one good sized book.
I wish I could post a note that would warn me the next time I'm about purchase a book narrated by Anna. She did get a little better as the book continued. She kept using the same cadence, for each sentence. Her main character's voice was this irritating whine and her range of voices was rather limited.
No. I like the author well enough that I might risk a sequel.
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